House Republicans are advocating for significant reforms to the FBI in response to a report on its utilization of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) by special counsel John Durham.
The FISA Working Group of the House Intelligence Committee, led by Chair Mike Turner, shared their case for imposing restrictions on FISA powers with the Washington Examiner. Turner emphasized the lack of congressional support for a straightforward renewal of Section 702 and stressed the need for necessary reforms. These reforms would address both known abuses and those that have come to light through disclosures and Durham’s investigation.
While recognizing FISA as a vital tool for national security, Turner underscored the importance of implementing reforms to prevent future abuses. Additionally, Rep. Darin LaHood, designated head of the FISA Working Group, brings personal experience as a victim of an improper 702 query, enhancing his understanding of FISA and the significance of halting abuses.
The proposed reforms will encompass various aspects of FISA. They will include an examination of the FISA court’s case processing procedures, access to FISA information, the standards for accessing such information, and how the intelligence community shares this data internally.
In summary, House Republicans are advocating for comprehensive reforms to address concerns related to FISA and ensure its proper usage while safeguarding against abuses.